TRI-CITIES, Wash. — Ten Pasco high school students are among the 15 scholars winning scholarships to attend the nation’s leading Hispanic youth leadership conference in Los Angeles next month. They were among the winners in an essay contest sponsored by Washington State University Tri–Cities.

Five Pasco freshmen: Juaquin B. Chapar, Javier G. Madrigal, Esteban “Stevie” Martinez, Leonela L. Martinez and Marcus A. Aranda will attend the Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session in Los Angeles.

They will be joined by Pasco High’s other winners: juniors Lazaro Martinez, Judith W. Chapar and Gibran Escalera. A pair of sophomores — Jessica R. Pruneda and Salvador Salazar — complete the group of essay winners from Pasco.

Three Grandview high school students also were winners. Freshman Jessica N. Castenada will join sophomore Judy Kate Garcia and junior Gabriela A. Orozco at the Los Angeles sessions.

Connell High School junior Emanuel Equia and Davis High School (Yakima) junior Jessica Ana Arteaga round out the list of winners

The Youth Legislative Session they will attend is being held on the campus of Occidental College in Los Angeles. The 20-year-old program is presented under the auspices of the National Hispanic Institute (NHI).

The National Hispanic Institute — founded in Texas nearly 25 years ago — sees its primary role as strengthening the pool of human skill and talent from which the Latina/o community can select future leaders.